"It is only within the last few years that most people have stopped thinking of the West as a new land. I suppose the idea gained ground because our own especial civilisation happens to be new there; but nowadays explorers are digging beneath the surface and bringing up whole chapters of life that rose and fell among these plains and mountains before recorded history began."
—H.P.... [click here for more]
Who willingly walks into a haunted house?
Ghost hunters explore dark places, investigate clues and uncover secrets of the dead. Evidence of an afterlife may prove elusive and few hunters recognize some things are best left buried and forgotten.
Suspense and intrigue lurks inside HAUNTED: 11 Tales of Ghostly Horror. Unlock the clues in these eleven mysteries:
+ A curious ghost hunter tracks... [click here for more]
Terror Tales of the Toad God
Amid the unremitting vigilance of his warders, Knygathin Zhaum came forward, fixing upon me the intent but inexpressive gaze of his lidless, ochre-yellow eyes, in which a face-to-face scrutiny could discern no pupils. He knelt down beside the block, presenting his mottled nape without a tremor. As I looked upon him with a calculating eye, and made ready for the lethal... [click here for more]
In the black heart of coal country, malevolent spirits and unearthly creatures slip from the shadows into the minds and hearts of men. Young women, twisted by pain, call for love and revenge by the light of the moon. A dead dog by the side of the road is more than it seems. In Harlan County, Kentucky, the supernatural and the mundane mingle in the depths of the earth, filling the mines with powerful... [click here for more]
Contains the following dark SF stories from the online zine Apex Magazine:
"Post Apocalypse" - James Walton Langolf "These Days" - Katherine Sparrow "In the Seams" - Andrew C. Porter "The Nature of Blood" - George Mann "Scenting the Dark" - Mary Robinette Kowal "The Limb Knitter" - Steven Francis Murphy "I Know an Old Lady" - Nathan... [click here for more]
Strange Matters is a collection of tales of fantasy, myth and magic. Some are funny, some are dark, some are both. Some are set in our world, with the skin peeled back to reveal the magical mechanisms beneath. Some are set in fantasy worlds, where instead it’s the reflections of reality which are hidden. All contain matters best described as ‘strange’, because to... [click here for more]
A fanatic priest searches for the woman who's face has haunted his dreams. Hoping she will be the foundation a new church to his dead god may be built upon. Will she be his salvation or the darkness that finally eclipses his dying light?
Beckoned to fulfill her destiny, and enticed by lust, Affinea answers the call of a mysterious song. Outside the friendly confines of home she discovers how brutal... [click here for more]